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XO Sauce Asparagus & Scallops

I made this XO Sauce asparagus & scallops thanks to my buddy who gifted me a box of frozen scallops just before Chinese New Year (CNY). This is a great dish to cook all year round, because it feels luxurious for special occasions (such as CNY, birthday celebrations or gatherings), while simply indulgently pampering on normal days.

XO Sauce Asparagus & Scallops Recipe

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XO Sauce Asparagus & Scallops Lunch Box Recipe

I actually made this dish for my family’s bento to bring to work. In the bento lunch box, the XO sauce asparagus & scallops are served with an orange salad (since it is CNY) and a 16-grain rice. Click here for the lunchbox recipe. 

INGREDIENTS (XO SAUCE ASPARAGUS & SCALLOPS)

XO Sauce Asparagus & Scallops Recipe Ingredients

First, prep the ingredients:

XO SAUCE

XO Sauce Asparagus & Scallops (Step-by-Step)

XO Sauce is the essential seasoning sauce in this recipe. I’m using Lee Kum Kee XO Sauce. This bottle of XO sauce is expensive because the main ingredient is dried scallop. I only use about 2 spoonfuls every time I cook, so to me I am still stretching my dollar. My secret is that whenever I do not what or how to cook, I will use XO sauce as it makes everything delicious :P You can use either the original (pictured above) or hot (actually mildly spicy) versions for this recipe, according to your preference. I like both, but if I am cooking for guests, I will use the original so as to cater to everyone.

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STEP-BY-STEP (XO SAUCE ASPARAGUS & SCALLOPS)

XO Sauce Asparagus & Scallops (Step-by-Step)
First, heat a large pan or a wok with oil. Pan fry scallops until lightly seared on both side. Set aside the scallops on a plate.

XO Sauce Asparagus & Scallops (Step-by-Step)

XO Sauce Asparagus & Scallops (Step-by-Step)
Add a bit more oil. Stir fry garlic, ginger first, then add asparagus & carrot. Stir fry at high heat for about a minute.

XO Sauce Asparagus & Scallops (Step-by-Step)
Add yellow chives + Chinese wine (pictured above) with a bit of water/stock. Stir fry briskly.

XO Sauce Asparagus & Scallops (Step-by-Step)

XO Sauce Asparagus & Scallops (Step-by-Step)

XO Sauce Asparagus & Scallops (Step-by-Step)
Add XO sauce and sauce. Stir fry to mix well.

XO Sauce Asparagus & Scallops (Step-by-Step)

XO Sauce Asparagus & Scallops Recipe

When the asparagus are cooked, return the scallops to the pan to coat them evenly in the sauce.

2 comments on “XO Sauce Asparagus & Scallops”

  1. XO sauce makes stirfry even easier, faster and tastier!

  2. 芦笋-顺顺利利,带子-代代平安

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